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Tommy Siegel:

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Kessler Time.

"Today, we were notified by USAF that there is a 5.6% chance that Genesis II will collide with dead Russian satellite Cosmos 1300 in 15 hours."

Genesis II is an experimental habitat that went into space in 2007. It was effectively retired in 2011 following the failure of its maneuvering system, which actually lasted two years longer than it was supposed to, a Bigelow spokeswoman told Gizmodo by phone today. Genesis II remains in orbit but is no longer collecting data. [...] The defunct Kosmos 1300 surveillance satellite, built and operated by the former Soviet Union, dates back to 1981.

The Genesis II spacecraft is scheduled to de-orbit at some point in the 2020s, so its destruction would be no major loss. The larger concern is that a collision would produce copious amounts of space debris, which would in turn increase the chances of further collisions, in a never-ending cascade of orbital destruction. [...]

At odds approaching 6 percent, a collision is unlikely but still uncomfortably possible.

Now I'm no mathematician but that sounds like ONE IN TWENTY to me. Or as John Rogers put it:

"Hey I'm just gonna toss the possibility of a Kessler Cascade on the table and fuck off right out of here, no big deal" is a choice.

"There's a slight but nonzero chance GPS and cellphones and weather and military satellites all go away by the end of the week" is very 2019.

Update: Maybe next time! BigelowSpace: "Per the Air Force, there was no collision between Genesis II and Cosmos 1300. Pass at 200m distance at 17000km/h"

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This would be a good week to visit the Cable Car Museum you guys

"This is the new and improved Hyde Street line cable car gearbox that is scheduled to be installed tonight."

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Massive Semen Explosion

Massive Semen Explosion After Blaze Hits Bull Artificial Insemination Facility

"The liquid inside the cylinders was rapidly expanding and essentially the lids of the cryogenic cylinders were just popping off the top and projectiles were being thrown from the building," he said.

"We're coming into the AI season so there would have been substantial amounts of semen inside the tanks that we've lost [...] It's going to be a huge blow."

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Instagram Hates The Internet

Instagram's most toxic contribution might be "Link in Bio". In order to lock you in completely, they took the fundamental defining characteristic of The Web -- the hyperlink -- and destroyed it.

This dark pattern is the logical progression of social media silos. It says: "the Product keep leaving our site! Let's make it be six clicks harder. Let's give them one link, only one. Let's display that other page inside our app instead of in a real web browser. Let's make the OS's 'share' panel even harder to use, because otherwise they might share something somewhere that we can't monetize."

Burn it all down. Burn them all down.

I would, however, like to see an act by burlesque duo, Lincoln Bio and Skip Intro.

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Who wants dimsum?

Qixuan Lim:

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tag graph

I made a network graph of the tags on all of my blog posts, using vis.js. I thought there might be some interesting clustering that showed up, but... not really. And it's incredibly slow. Can any of you improve it?

Tags are bidirectionally unidirectionally linked if they have appeared in the same post together. Link weight is how many times. Size and mass are the total number of occurrences of the tag.

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Equifax is going to make you work for that 125 bucks it owes each of you

Equifax out Friday night rule change:

Equifax explains that even though you found out about its settlement, and found the online address where you had to apply, and even though you inputted in all the details you were asked for, and even though you selected to take the cash option, you now need to provide it with more information. [...]

You've got until October 15 to (re)confirm that you already have a credit monitoring service. If you don't, you don't get the money. And you have to provide the details of that service to Equifax. If you don't, you don't get the money.

If you do both those things before the deadline, you should still expect to get another email at some point in future asking you to provide evidence of that credit monitoring service or, you guessed it, you don't get the money.

"I understand that I may be asked to provide more information by the Settlement Administrator before my claim is complete," is one of the "options" that you are obliged to agree to.

Yep, you are really going to have to work for that $125. And the truth is that even if you do jump through all the hoops Equifax has put in the way, you are still unlikely to get the $125 promised.

What is going on? Put simply, Equifax and the FTC are embarrassed that their smoke-and-mirrors approach to settling a massive data breach has been exposed as such. [...]

Now Equifax has joined the FTC in doing its utmost to force people to take the credit monitoring service over the cash. But rather than simply ask people to do so, Equifax has decided that red tape and easily missed emails is the best to reduce the number of active applicants.

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This is the first time I have had respect for any activity involving a banjo

Man smashes Wall Street's 'Charging Bull' with metal banjo:

"Criminal mischief, possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct."

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